Egypt to close stores, restaurants for 2 weeks to curb coronavirus - PM

Large gatherings and concerts will be banned over the same period and beaches and parks will be shut between May 12-16

  
Egyptians sit at a street coffee shop around murals of Egyptian characters and symbols downtown in the capital of Cairo, Egypt January 16, 2018.

Egyptians sit at a street coffee shop around murals of Egyptian characters and symbols downtown in the capital of Cairo, Egypt January 16, 2018.

REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO- The closing hours of Egyptian stores, malls and restaurants will be brought forward to 9pm (1900 GMT) to help contain the coronavirus for two weeks from Thursday, straddling the last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Eid celebrations, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

Large gatherings and concerts will be banned over the same period and beaches and parks will be shut between May 12-16, Mostafa Madbouly said.

(Reporting by Nadine Awadalla and Aidan Lewis; editing by John Stonestreet) ((Nadine.Awadalla@thomsonreuters.com;))

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